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Jaffe Takes Another Sharp Jab at WaPo

On Thursday, Washingtonian‘s Harry Jaffe went after WaPo yet again — this time, he alleges, for ripping off his story on Kathy Wone, whose husband was fatally stabbed five years ago. In true Jaffe form, he tells it like it is. He writes, “Post writers can’t resist saying they were first; editors love it. In this case, [Keith] Alexander and the Post were second.” Read here.

Jaffe is quite the villain these days when it comes to attacking WaPo. The magazine recently offed his Post Watch column and he reasoned that it simply didn’t hold enough interest to continue. In that column he took a meat cleaver to Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli and reported that the newsroom was feeling rather lackluster under Executive Editor Brauchli’s leadership, that he has “sapped newsroom vitality.”

At the time, WaPo said Jaffe can have his opinions but they don’t share them. We’ve requested another comment from WaPo on Jaffe’s latest column.

UPDATE: WaPo Spokeswoman Kris Coratti tells FBDC, “We are running a correction.” Jaffe had no comment on the matter.


Washingtonian Finds WaPo’s Brauchli Uninspiring

Washingtonian‘s biting media writer Harry Jaffe didn’t just take a stab at WaPo‘s Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli in Thursday’s final Post Watch column, he scooped a sizable chunk of bone out of Washington’s hometown newspaper.

The whopper is that Washingtonian is killing Jaffe’s Post Watch column in its current form because the writer says the topic matter — The Washington Post — is no longer interesting enough to sustain the feature. The column is morphing into a more expansive feature with a “wider scope” called Media Players.

In a word: Ouch.

The bulk of Jaffe’s final column is devoted to taking a scalpel to Brauchli. Among other insults, including a bold headline that says “Brauchli is Sinking the Washington Post,” Jaffe has reporters saying he has “sapped newsroom vitality.”

No WaPo reporters speak on record for this story — it’s no wonder as the quotes would certainly get them all shit-canned. Which, by the way, is what Jaffe thinks ought to happen to Brauchli. He concludes, “What needs explanation is why he is still in charge.”

We’ve put in a request for comment from WaPo PR.

UPDATE: Publicist Kris Coratti wrote to FishbowlDC: “Harry is entitled to his opinion, but it isn’t one that we share.”

Read here.


Ned Martel’s Bizarre Farewell Note

Outgoing Style Editor Ned Martel may want to steer clear of poetry in his next act for WaPo.

With his staff is celebrating his departure (we know, Ned, you’ve never read anything bad about yourself until you read FishbowlDC even though Washingtonian‘s Harry Jaffe has had your number for a good while now), this is how Martel bid farewell to them as WaPo frantically spins his move to the presidential campaign trail as positive. Martel stepped down last week after numerous members of his staff either left or expressed extreme discontent under his management. Managing Editor Liz Spayd held a party for Martel at her home this weekend.

The note:

Stop dressing the news wound.
Send your post to Universal by noon.

Write from the heart.
Report it out.

Raise hell.
Don’t curse in print.

Be kind to the freaks.
Call out those who pass for ordinary.

“You are beautiful in every single way.” – Christina Aguilera
“You’re only as good as your last story.” – Helen Thomas

Make sure your kicker’s perfect.
Just hit send.

Al Jazeera’s Dinner Guest List is…

Al Jazeera will have a presence at tonight’s Radio and TV Congressional Dinner at the Convention Center.

“UPDATE: Humbled by an unplanned time in the spotlight thanks to its much discussed coverage of the Mideast, Al Jazeera’s Arabic channel Bureau Chief, Abderrahim Foukara and English language channel Bureau Chief Muhammad Cajee and its own Jeff Ballou who sits on the association’s executive committee will lead a team of staff and the following guests to the RTCA dinner tonight.”


Capt. John Kirby, Spokesman, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
George Little, Director, CIA office of public affairs
Michael Blake, Associate Director and Deputy Associate Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of Public Engagement, The White House
Karen Richardson, Associate Director for International Outreach, Office of Public Engagement, The White House
Famed civil rights attorney Robert Watkins, of Counsel Williams and Connolly
Robert Cardillo, Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Integration
Shawn Turner, spokesman, National Security Council, The White House
Harry Jaffe, Washingtonian Magazine
PJ Crowley, Former State Department spokesman
Bob Litt, General Counsel, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Vic Carter, Anchor, CBS Baltimore
Ben Chang, U.S. Department of State
Matt Lee, The Associated Press and dean of the State Department Press Corps
B Christopher Thigpen, CEO, Savannah Essentials

UPDATE: Al Jazeera adds…Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., Chris Hensman, The White House and Washingtonian‘s Jill Hudson. And with the longest title we’ve seen since the last time we wrote this phrase is…Cherreka Montgomery, Director of the Evaluation and Measurement Unit, Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Office of Policy, Planning and Resources U.S. Department of State.

WaPo Complain Fest: Reporters Claim Editors Receiving Special Treatment

The desks are too small. The flat screen TV’s are better positioned for editors. Storage for reporters is non-existent.

Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe reports today online that the WaPo reporters are not pleased to say the least by changes in the famed fifth floor newsroom that has been under renovation as of late, forcing scribes to work from “home, other floors, from closets.”

One scribe groused, “It’s a shrine to editors.”

Read the full story here.

Fact or Fiction? Punches Thrown in WaPo Newsroom!

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Pulitzer Prize-winning Henry Allen and Style’s Manuel Roig-Franzia

First On FishbowlDC (9:34 AM): FACT! We’re still working on the details but we’ve confirmed that Henry Allen did throw a punch at Manuel Roig-Franzia in the newsroom last Friday. We hear that punch landed on Franzia’s face…

FishbowlDC spoke with WaPo HR this morning and confirmed that both reporters are still employed at the paper. We did learn that Allen was “on contract.”

UPDATE (11:35 AM):

When reached for comment, WaPo‘s Director of Communications Kris Coratti said, “I can’t discuss private personnel matters but that doesn’t mean we haven’t taken this incident seriously and addressed it appropriately.”

So what does one have to say in order to get a fist to the face from Henry Allen? “Henry, don’t be such a cocksucker.” That’s what triggered Allen to throw down on Roig-Franzia. We hear that Marcus Brauchli was then forced to intervene.

UPDATE (1:24 PM)

Two hours after our original post, we received notification that Washingtonian‘s Harry Jaffe had also published on the newsroom rumble. Jaffe’s article was certainly more exciting than ours but we regret to inform you that our sources have disclaimed his account saying, “Jaffe’s story is full of hyperbole — it was a single punch and no one was on the ground.”

City Paper‘s Erik Wemple says that he reached Roig-Franzia by cell phone but got the ol’ hang up after he identified himself.

Morning Reading List 07.27.09

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From yesterday’s Playbook- David Gregory‘s son Max celebrated his seventh birthday by throwing out the first pitch at Saturday’s Nationals-Padres game. Politico‘s Jonathan Martin‘s in Alaska covering Sarah Palin‘s last day- follow his updates on Twitter. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…



CJR: NYT is now making as much from circulation as from ads.

WaPo apologized in Saturday’s paper for altering an RFK photo: “As many readers noticed, an image of Robert F. Kennedy on the front of the July 8 Style section was reversed, making it appear as though he parted his hair on the opposite side of how he normally wore it. This was an improper manipulation. The Post’s policy is to use the technique only for photo illustrations clearly labeled as such.” (h/t DCRTV)


The Daily Beast brings us the 7 Best Moments from Sunday Talk.

Quote of the weekend: “As so often’s the case in Washington, the debate comes down to a three-letter word ending in X… of course I’m talking about ‘tax!’” -Mike Viqueira on MSNBC Saturday morning (h/t Mediaite).

Are TV ratings affected by the health care discussion? Politico’s Michael Calderone takes a look here.

Political analyst and author Richard Wolffe filled in for Keith Olbermann Friday on Countdown- for the first time.

ABC’s Nightline is thriving in late night.

Willie Geist‘s way, way too early on MSNBC debuted today with White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs as the show’s first guest. NYT profiles Geist and takes a look at the show here.

And Octomom’s getting a reality show.


Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe profiles TV stations and Politico owner Robert Allbritton in August’s mag. A preview here.

Former WaPo executive editor Len Downie has joined the Board of Directors of the Center for Investigative Reporting.

NYT‘s Frank Rich on why and how Walter Cronkite was “the most trusted man in America.”

And journalism in America after Walter Cronkite, Tim Russert and Peter Jennings, WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz in today’s Media Notes: If there were still a most trusted man in America, in our cynical, irony-drenched, somebody-must-be-lying culture, it sure wouldn’t be a journalist. Too many people find the media to be biased, inaccurate, sensational, simplistic or irrelevant for a Walter Cronkite figure to stride among us today.

AFP: Fifty-nine journalists have been killed around the world so far this year, in an alarming rise from 2008 that has become a “bloodbath” of the media, a watchdog said Thursday.

Could anyone be a photojournalist in DC these days? Mediaite: Out with the Old, In with the New.


Star struck at the White House?

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Can This Geek Save WaPo? We Thought DC-ers Were Nerds…

That’s the question posed by Washingtonian mag this month, referring to WaPo‘s chief digital officer Vijay Ravindran. Funny, I thought we all agreed after the RTCA dinner that DC’ers were nerds…

Harry Jaffe reports Don Graham and WaPo are putting some of their last best hopes on Ravindran, the paper’s first “chief digital officer.”

Ravindran has been on the job four months, so it’s too soon for a plan to save newspapering. But his installation in the Post Company’s upper echelon is a sign of CEO Don Graham’s willingness to experiment-and his desperation.

Ravindran was the force behind WaPo’s recent launch on Facebook and he’ll contine to work with’s Goli Sheikholeslami and Roger Andelin and’s Geoff Reiss to expand WaPo‘s online presence.

Read the rest of Jaffe’s profile here.

WaPo Comic Judge Parker Resurrected

Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe reports that Judge Parker, the recently-killed Wapo comic strip will return to the Post on Monday.

“We received hundreds of passionate e-mails,” a top Post editor told The Washingtonian. “The readership may not be that high, but what we underestimated was the intensity.”

See Jaffe’s post here.

Brauchli Responds to Jaffe “No News” Claim

WaPo’s Marcus Brauchli responded quickly to Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe‘s claim that today’s WaPo cover contained “no news.”

It’s not news when auditors for the company that once was America’s industrial giant express concern about whether it can survive? Or when the likelihood rises that the government might have to acquire what once was the country’s largest bank? Or that the world’s monetary authorities are scrambling to revive the global economy? The front page was thick with news. News isn’t defined by a subject-verb-object lead sentence. We tell our readers what’s happening, why it’s happening, how it might affect them and what’s likely to happen next. Kimberly Kindy, David Cho and Blaine Harden did something much more difficult than simply reporting what other said or did. Their enterprise work told you what you won’t learn from other sources, but what really matters. Your definition of news would favor news conferences and press releases.